The Story of the Kelly Gang: Ned Kelly's last stand and capture

Title:
The Story of the Kelly Gang: Ned Kelly's last stand and capture
NFSA ID:
9050
Year:
1906
Category:
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This clip shows a re-enactment of the bushranger Ned Kelly being shot and captured by police. It has severe nitrate damage.

Summary by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers

Again, the nitrate damage makes it hard to appreciate the full power this scene would have had on audiences. We can imagine it partly from the extended time it takes to bring Ned down, and the brief glimpses of the troopers struggling to subdue him once he has fallen. Later bushranging films often presented a less sympathetic view of the Kellys, and other bushrangers, because of pressure from police and politicians – but The Story of the Kelly Gang is unabashedly pro-Kelly, reflecting popular sentiment of the day.

Curator:
Paul Byrnes